"People of the Books" Blog

AJL/ALA Webinars

As you may know, AJL partnered with ALA last year to deliver a series of webinars. ALA/AJL Cataloging Sacred texts webinarThe first three webinars, to be held November 16, December 14, and mid-January, cover collection development and cataloging of Judaica resources for non-specialist librarians. The webinars are aimed primarily at librarians in school, public, and academic libraries whose responsibilities include collection development and cataloging of Judaica but who are not subject specialists. The webinars may also offer some tips and tricks to subject specialists who are new to the field of librarianship.
AJL/ALA webinar collection development
Registration is now open for the first 90-minute workshop, which will be held Thursday, November 16, 2017, starting at 2:30 pm Eastern time. For more information please contact Sharon Benamou or Nancy Sack.

2018 Conference - Call for Papers

AJL Conference, Boston, June 18 – 20, 2018.  Call for Conference Papers

The AJL 2018 Conference Committee is now soliciting paper proposals for its annual conference at Temple Israel of Boston from Monday, June 18 - Wednesday, June 20, 2018. Librarians, archivists, scholars, educators, authors, and others will meet to share their interest in Judaica librarianship, Jewish history and culture, and related topics.    

The programing committee is soliciting proposals for papers and presentations on all aspects of Judaica librarianship as it pertains to libraries, archives, museums, schools, synagogues, and related institutions. Past topics have included: collection management, programming, reader advisory services, special and rare collections, cataloging and classification, digital and electronic resources and emerging technologies.   Presentations on Jewish resources in Boston, Boston Jewish library collections and local authors would be especially welcomed.


Submissions should include the following:

Presenter's name, address, affiliation, telephone and email contacts.
*       Brief biography
*       Title of proposed presentation
*       Summary of proposal
*       Specific technology or equipment requirements, if any

All submissions must be received by November 30, 2017.  Please submit proposals by e-mail (PREFERRED) to: conference@jewishlibraries.org

Proposals will be reviewed by the Program Planning Committee, which is composed of national and local AJL members. Notification will be made in January, 2018.

 

Harvey Sukenic

Hebrew College Library

Local Chair Program Planning Committee

NYC 2017 Program book

We are very pleased to present the conference program book.  Browse through to get a taste of the fantastic programs and presentations that we have planned for the conference.  Don't forget to take a look at the advertisements as well - there are some special offers in there!

 

We look forward to seeing you in NYC in a couple of weeks!

Judaica Reference award winner 2016

The Association of Jewish Libraries Announces the 2016 Judaica Reference and Bibliography Award Winners

The Association of Jewish Libraries encourages the publication of outstanding works of Judaica reference and bibliography through its annual awards. We are pleased to announce that the Judaica Reference award winner for titles published in 2016 was given to Comprehensive English-Yiddish Dictionary (based on the lexical research of Mordkhe Schaechter) edited by Gitl Schaechter-Viswanath, Paul Glasser (editors in chief) and  Chava Lapin (associate editor), published by the Indiana University Press, 2016.

Cover of Comprehensive English-Yiddish DictionaryThis dictionary is a most valuable comprehensive reference tool for a major Jewish language. It brings Yiddish to the 21st century, emphasizing Yiddish as a living language that is spoken in many places around the world. It has substantially more entries than previous standard Yiddish dictionaries with close to 50,000 entries and 33,000 subentries. The richness of dialect differences and historical developments are noted in words and expressions, phrases and sayings that can be found in classic and contemporary literature, newspapers, and other sources of the written word and have long been used by professionals and tradesmen, in synagogues, at home, in intimate life, and wherever Yiddish-speaking Jews have lived and worked. It fills in huge numbers of gaps in the older volumes, adds up-to-date terminology, and gives more accurate and much more complete translations. Thus, even though it is geared to the present and future it does not neglect traditional Jewish content.  AJL Reference Award Committee members expressed their admiration for this work, describing it as a monumental achievement, a product of many years of intensive research, with a clear introduction, bibliography guidelines, tables, and abbreviations.  It is useful not only for those who want to express themselves in Yiddish, but also for those who are translating from Yiddish into English and want to explore the nuances of different Yiddish words by looking up the corresponding English entries. The award committee agreed that this work is a must for anyone who has anything to do with Yiddish or with translation in either direction.

 

 

2017 Conference Schedule

The national committee is thrilled to present this year's conference schedule. As you can see it is jam packed with sessions for RAS and SSC members as well as for libraries and bibliophiles of all sorts. See the upcoming conference page for more information.